Mitch McConnell Is Worried

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 and is filed under Blog

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I want to be very upfront on this one. In case you have missed it, Mitch McConnell, the current Republican leader in the United States Senate, is a very large part of the problem. He is not, and will never be, part of the solution.

He is not in Washington, DC to change it or even fix it. He, quite simply, likes the power that comes from being a United States Senator and the Republican leader in that chamber. He likes The System. Known for conservative talk and quiet RINO action that is hard to pick up with his voting record (he’ll often vote the right way after he has tanked a good piece of legislation behind the scenes), Mitch McConnell fears one thing in 2012. It’s not that the Democrats will remain in control of the United States Senate. Nothing is ever a given in politics, but I feel confident that the Republicans will control that chamber when the dust settles next November.

No, what Mitch McConnell is worried about is not being the majority leader and being thrown out by the growing number of conservatives in the Senate. Last election cycle saw Rand Paul and Mike Lee reinforce Jim DeMint. Tack on Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey and the conservative ranks in the Senate are growing. By conservative I mean the folks that really want to change things in DC, shrink government and reduce it to its proper role.

So when Mitch McConnell sees guys like Don Stenberg gaining steam in the Nebraska Senate race (as the Establishment choice, Jon Bruning, fades), guess what he is going to do? Look for someone who will become one of his lackies in the Senate. He knows that candidate is not Don Stenberg, which is why we’re seeing stories like this one from the NYT. Mitch McConnell is scared because he knows his time in leadership hangs in the balance of the 2012 election results.

My hope is that the good folks the Madison Project helps get elected next year are the very ones that send him packing.